Ah. We remember the first song we’ve ever watched them cover. It was way back in 2009. And back then, we were wondering, “Who are these sweet, talented girls?”. No, wait. Not just girls. They’re twins. Super pretty twins. Super pretty AND talented twins.
To date, that very same video has garnered more than 11 million hits!:
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We know. It’s hard not to want to sing along.
Now, if you asked Korean-Australian twins Janice and Sonia aka Jayessleethat many years ago if they thought that they’d grow up being YouTube artistes, they’d probably say no. As a mattered of fact, stumbling into the world of YouTube was purely by chance. “By chance” but to date, Jayesslee has oh, only about 342,922 subscribers and 58,900,251 total video views!
An excerpt from their official website reads:
Janice and Sonia have fond memories of their childhood. When asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Their answers were a variation of a teacher, a painter and at one point in time even a shop-keeper. Funny though, never did they mention a musician or a performer as something they wanted to become. They had no idea what was headed their way.
In 2008 the duo discovered the world of YouTube. Fascinated by the concept of connecting with an unseen audience all over the world, they created their first account under the name “Jayesslee”. The name was their attempt to be clever – fusing both of their initials and spelling it out.
Jayesslee’s first video was uploaded in their messy bedroom, doubtful that anybody would take notice. However the subscribers steadily increased over a year and it wasn’t until 2009 when the two saw a sudden boost in followers after their viral hit cover of Tamia’s “Officially Missing You”.
Hmm. It seems like both Janice and Sonia have conveniently forgotten that as Jayesslee, they are as gorgeous as they are extremely talented. Seriously. Who can fault those melodic voices?
As sweet as humble as they are, they insist that they still don’t know what hit them.
Not even after having packed their bags in 2010 and going to places all over the world (such as Singapore, United States, Canada, Malaysia) for their concerts. Not even after meeting and performing alongside fellow YouTube celebrities like themselves (such as KevJumba, Nigahiga, Andrew Garcia, Clara Chung, and David Choi).
Not even now, knowing that they’re heading out once again for their next big trip, the Jayesslee APAC Tour 2012.
Yup. It’s true. For the second time around, Jayesslee is hitting the road to meet their amazing fans. Oh wait, not fans. Because Jayesslee have always stressed that they don’t have fans – only many, many friends from around the world. In any case, guess which country is falling cozily into their tour grid?
Why, Malaysia, of course!
For those of you who missed Jayesslee in Malaysia last year, here’s your chance to see them! Uh, for those of you who didn’t miss their performance in Malaysia last year and would really, really, really love to see Jayesslee again, well, we don’t see why not.
Deets are as follows:
- Date: 23rd June 2012 (Saturday)
- Time: TBA
- Venue: Dewan Wawasan Convention & Exhibition Centre, Menara PGRM, Kuala Lumpur
- Ticketing: TBA
That’s all we’ve got for now but we’re pretty sure you’re already marking it down in your calendar. We’ll update it as we go along. We leave you now with Jayesslee’s latest video and beautifully done cover of Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up”:
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